Saturday, July 25th, 2009


Pocari Sweat Ion Water

Pocari Sweat Ion Water

On our trip to Japan, when we cleared customs and we waiting for the infamous bus to our hotel in Tokyo, I turned to the vending machine behind me and wanted a to quench my thirst with an aunthentic taste of Japan. Something that would make me feel like I was in a different country.  Something not available in America. Scanning the choices and picking something written in English and somewhat familiar to me, I picked a bottle of Pocari Sweat Ion Water.

I really liked the slightly sweet taste and slightly thick feel of Pocari Sweat and bought several more bottles over the week. Pocari Sweat is like Gatorade with the sweetness dialed down. From the Wiki:

Pocari Sweat (ポカリスエット Pokari Suetto?) is a popular Japanese soft drink and sports drink, manufactured by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.. It was first sold in 1980.

Pocari Sweat is a mild-tasting, relatively light sweet drink and advertises itself as an “ion supply drink.” Ingredients[1] listed are water, sugar, flavourings, acids, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium lactate, and magnesium carbonate.

I do miss Pocari Sweat and find myself wishing it was available here in the States.

Luckily for me I saw a tweet from Peter Payne of Jlist and found that they carry the Pocari Sweat Powder which means I can once again enjoy the sweet taste and remeinsce.

shweebvia Jalopnik we get news of the Shweeb. A human powered monorail rollercoaster that rides in tandem so you can race your friends.

It’s called Schweeb, “to float” in German, and it’s a human-powered monorail on 656 feet of track in Rotorua, New Zealand. Not only can you go 45MPH, but you can race your friend in another one.

Oh sign me up!

from the Shweeb home page:

You jump into an aerodynamic capsule andrace like a bullet for three laps. With seven gears to play with it’s easy to get up to your top speed.

Feel the adrenalin kick in as you fly around curves swinging out 60 degrees! You soar 4m above the pond and then miss the ground by inches!

Your seat adjusts to your exact height and is as comfortable as a hammock. The highly efficient vehicles let you go much faster than a bicycle.

Race against your friends or the clock. Break a record for your age or country, and get your name up on the Hall of Fame and on this website!